Business, Hardware, Rumors

Semiconductor Rumors: 14nm Node and 450mm Wafers by 2015

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According to DigiTimes, quoting TSMC?s R&D boss Shang-yi Chiang, TSMC will begin volume production on 14nm in 2015. Intel has been shipping in production volumes on its 32nm process since 2009 and originally intended to start shipping 22nm process this year. However, there are rumors that the 22nm node will be delayed. DigiTimes said earlier this month: "Intel has recently decided to delay its Ivy Bridge platform launch from the end of 2011 to March 2012…" – and the server "Romley" platform is plagued not just by issues with 22nm process, but with chipset issues as well. Intel?s technology road map in late spring called

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Business, Hardware, Rumors

Rumors: GlobalFoundries Building Second Fab in New York

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Thursday, the Times Union, a Mohawk Valley New York newspaper, started the rumor that GlobalFoundries is building an additional fab. They claim a local labor union official has the inside scoop. Frank Natalie, business agent for Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 7 labor union, said Tuesday at a labor rally in East Greenbush, New York: "What we’re hearing is they’re applying to the state for a substantial amount of financial assistance." GlobalFoundries is located near Malta, New York on the Luther Forest Technology Campus, a 1,414-acre (573 hectares) site specifically designed for semiconductor and nanotechnology manufacturing and other innovative technologies. GlobalFoundries owns 223 acres at Luther

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Business, Rumors

Rumors of Fraud Rock OCZ?s Stock on the NASDAQ

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Today marked the day when an article published by a company known as Copperfield Research caused OCZ?s stock to drop by 30% in a matter of minutes. The article only gained traction once it was posted on the popular investment website Seeking Alpha. It makes 15 allegations pertaining to the company?s statements, financial transactions, and company practices including those of the CEO. They also stated in their disclaimer that they, ?As of the publication date, the author of this report has a short position in the company covered herein and stands to realize gains in the event that the price of the stock declines. The

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Apple, Companies, Hardware, Rumors

Striking Infographic Rounds Up iPhone 5 Rumors

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It’s hard to stay sane with all the hoopla surrounding a fifth-generation iPhone. Per usual, the blogosphere is playing the guessing game and recycling wild Apple predictions coming out of the rumor mill. For non-technophiles contradicting reports make it difficult to separate wheat from chaff. Big media isn’t helping either. Historically, there has been little credence in speculative reports based on "sources familiar with the matter" that, need I say, prefer not to be named because "they were not authorized to speak publicly" on the matter. Don’t take it all to heart. This is infotainment-based society and we readily accept rumor mongering as part of our

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Apple, Companies, Hardware, Rumors, Software Programs

Rumor: iPhone nano to Drop Local Memory in Favor of Cloud Storage

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Rumors about a miniaturized iPhone version intensified last week when Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch  harmonized with reports based on talks with "people familiar with the matter." This week, a seal of approval from Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal gave the rumor a new breathe of life. Folks who allegedly saw a prototype device codenamed N97 reiterated that Steve Jobs, who recently took medical leave for an unspecified period, is focusing his energies on a line of inexpensive iPhones to be sold alongside its bigger counterpart. "Significantly lighter" and "about half the size of iPhone 4," the rumored iPhone nano is described as featuring "an edge-to-edge touchscreen"

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Apple, Companies, Hardware, Rumors

Rumor: Apple Adding Verizon-Compatible iPad 2 to the Mix

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Asia is on a roll regarding a rumored iPad 2 hardware refresh. On Tuesday, Taiwanese trade publication Digitimes reported about Apple’s purported plans to expand on the current iPad offering of WiFi and WiFi+3G models with a brand new CDMA model. The Cupertino company will assemble about half a million iPad 2 units in January, with the shipment ratio of Wi-Fi, UMTS and CDMA models at 3:4:3. The official iPad 2 launch is expected at the end of the first quarter, sources said and added the remaining iPad inventory should be enough to fill the gap between January and April of next year. This shift towards

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Business, Hardware, Rumors

HP Slate Dead On Arrival? And Other Rumors

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Apple’s Steve Jobs said at their October earnings announcement that 7-inch tablets were dead on arrival. Seems the HP Slate team didn’t get Steve’s memo. HP’s enterprise-centric, MS Windows 7-based, tablet PC, is supposedly sold out.   HP Slate is supposedly sold out… due to low number of units available.   The HP Slate 500 features an 8.9" touch-screen, inward- and outward-facing cameras for video conferencing, a 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 64GB of NAND flash storage, and a Webcam port. Pricing starts at $799, and HP offers the device only through its Website.   Rumors are that 9,000 units were sold and HP only

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Enterprise, Hardware, Rumors

Wednesday?s Child Buyout Woes – A Rumor of Some Strength

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A persistent rumor has surfaced recently and after checking around it seems to have some veracity. A well known startup company making splashes in the Solid State Storage sector is about to become the latest buyout of the year on Wednesday. We learned about the buyer and well, the potential announcement could not sound better. Naturally, disclosing it right now would be speaking out of school now, wouldn?t it? And then again it just may be a well placed rumor? tied well with the recent announcement of closing in on another round of funding. Take your best shot at guessing the involved players in the

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Business, Graphics, Hardware, Rumors

AMD Launch on the Way, Dismisses Delay Rumors

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Recently, we learned that AMD is launching their refresh of Evergreen architecture on the week starting October 18th. Soon after, rumors appeared that AMD is postponing the launch into November. We have talked with multiple sources in AMD’s own add-in-board ecosystem [AIB Partner List], and they all dismissed the rumors and confirmed to us that they will have Radeon HD 6000 series [desktop codename: Southern Islands] available for purchase in the week starting October 18th, 2010. Partners are from one side, enthused about the number of products that will be available for launch, but also worried about the performance of the parts now branded as

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Entertainment, Hardware, Rumors

HTC Rumored To Have Tegra 2 Tablet in the Works

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Monday evening at the Press get together for the GPU Technology Conference the rumor was that HTC had contracted Pegatron Technology to build a Tegra 2 tablet. According to the rumor, the HTC tablet PC will use  nVidia’s Tegra 2 platform and Google’s Android operating system, a standard mix for nearly a dozen rumored tablets that have not begun shipping.  The usual claims about features for the device are circulating and include a multi-touch panel with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, a 32GB SSD [solid state drive], 2GB of RAM memory and several functions such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. No mention was made of

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Business, Graphics, Hardware, Rumors

VisionTek rubbishes rumors, confirm secured funding in place

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Several web sites ran a story that VisionTek, AMD’s North American channel partner – is about to go bust. Now, there are several types of events that happen prior to launching such a story but we won’t go and explore them now. What matters is that according to the information we have at hand, the rumor about VisionTek going bust looks like a bad re-run from 2002 [the first rumor of VisionTek going bust]. We spoke with Michael Innes, COO of VisionTek and in a long conversation we learned a lot of details about the company. According to Michael, it is not a secret that

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